Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Look who's got a new set of wheels. (Don't worry, the wheels are locked on one skate and we pad her well.)
Looks like we all like to read before drifting off.
Ellie's fake food prank she made at a local program. (The idea originally came from Family Fun according to the handout we were given.)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Right now I'm running around like a lunatic trying to get ready for a visit here. I leave tomorrow and return home on Sunday.
For now, I need to pack myself and make sure everything is in order for the kids and Chris. I swear it's more work leaving them all behind than taking everyone with me.
I'm sure blackbird, Jen and Poppy will have witty posts about Bloghere '08. I'll be too busy laughing. (Susie would have a funny post too, if she still had a blog...)
See you in about a week.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I received a wonderful package the other day from Susie Sunshine. She'd done a little thrifting herself and in it was some great shelf edging. My kitchen shelves were dressed in some plastic, faux-lace edging that was cute. In fact, I liked it until I opened the package from Angie.
Inside was this edging. Suddenly the plastic stuff was horrid. I can't imagine anything going more perfectly with our dishes. And there's a ton of it, so I'll be able to do all the shelves with some extra for future replacements. Susie, you win the thrifty award!
In keeping with the whole thrifty theme today I wanted to let you all know about a great website I found. Check out http://www.thethriftyshopper.com/ . Just enter your zip code and viola! All the thrifty goodness in your area with addresses and store hours to boot! I should have plugged in some zip codes of places I stayed on vacation. Next year...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sadly, this was my first attempt. Pathetic looking.
The center of this flower is attempt number three. For this one I actually separated the 4ply wool before winding it on the pom pom maker. Can you say tedious? (This is what I'll resort to after hour 12 or so of driving to keep myself occupied.) It did turn out looking closer to a store bought pom pom, but I doubt I'll have the patience to do it again. I think the key is winding as much yarn as you need, and then adding even more. Otherwise they look pretty anemic.
*I've seen these makers in larger sizes at Hobby Lobby since I've been home.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
While this isn't knitting at its finest, I can totally see the meditative draw of doing it now. Leftover skeins of tapestry wool went into the road trip craft bag. I ran each color through the knitter until there wasn't any left. (Note: 18 inches of tapestry wool = about 1 inch of knitted tube) The book called for specific sizes on some and for those I stopped at the required length. These are still waiting to be turned into something.
I'm also wondering if I couldn't make even smaller tubes using crochet thread and a homemade knitter from an old thread spool with nails on one end. They might make cute necklaces or bracelets.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Here's a little of what I did finish(with a few more things to post tomorrow and Wednesday).
A favorite pencil case of mine - At least a year ago I spilled something on it. Spot cleaning got a bit out, but then there were some lovely water rings to contend with. Now they're hidden underneath a spray of yo-yo's.
This came as a kit from Joann's in the clearance bin. (Carol, I think I sent this one to you, or one like it.) It's sat around my sewing room for ages. Now I know why. I wasn't so much interested in the fabrics in the kit, but I figured once I saw how it went together I could use the template to make the flowers out of fabric that was of more interest to me. Not sure I'll bother though. I look at it and think, "meh". Not horrible. Not great. I might try pinning it to my black winter coat and see if that gives it any life. Perhaps a few more tucks here and there to give it more dimension. I still prefer the flower pin pattern that's included in the Amy Butler Madison Bag pattern.
(Now that I've thought more about it, I think the fact that this pattern doesn't cut the petals individually makes the difference. It's all too flat. When I can sew them together one at a time, I can shape them more realistically.)
Friday, July 4, 2008
At our town's Fourth of July Ice Cream Social.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
two weeks later:
two weeks later:
What's come in so far has been the rye grass part of the mix. By the end of next week, all the types should have had time to germinate. Then I get to start picking out the little weeds that have come in along with the grass. Fun.
I may not post on Thursday because I'll be in the middle of unpacking and a mountain of laundry. See you Friday.